Ryan Christie backs ‘priceless’ Griffiths to fill Celtic ‘void’

Ryan Christie has hailed the return of striker Leigh Griffiths and has backed the hitman to get back to his goalscoring ways.

The midfielder insists the forward’s absence left the team with a void to fill and believes a return to the fold for ‘priceless’ Griffiths is a timely boost for the club.

Christie heaped praise on his teammate after Celtic’s friendly with Stade Rennais, where Griffiths was making his Celtic Park comeback after an eight-month absences.

Griffiths looked sharp at times and, while he didn’t manage to find the net in a goalless draw, he showed in pre-season in Austria that he hasn’t lost the eye for goal that’s bagged him 104 goals in the hoops so far.

Christie believes it won’t be long before the former Hibs favourite is “firing on all cylinders”.

Talking to the Record, he said: “Towards the end of last season we did well to try and fill the void left by Leigh but to have someone like him who can create a goal out of nothing is priceless.”

“Since he’s come back he’s been brilliant. He’s worked as hard as anyone trying to get himself fit again so fair play to him.

“He’s now benefiting from that and getting his rewards because as you could see he did look very sharp. It’s only a matter of time before he starts scoring goals again too.

Odsonne Edouard did a fantastic job last season, but having a fit and healthy Griffith back to take some of the load will be a tremendous boost for the Frenchman, not to mention the options it gives Christie and the rest of the team.

Christie continued: “Now that’s he’s back it’s like he has never been gone.

“He certainly doesn’t look like he has got any problems any more. I am delighted for him.

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